[Tagging] Government Archives

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Thu Nov 8 01:12:20 UTC 2018

On 08/11/18 02:20, Allan Mustard wrote:
> An archive is a special government office. Not a library and not a museum.

OSM says an office is a place that provides a 'service' - administrative or professional work is carried out - e.g. an architect, lawyer, accountant.

An archive is a place that stores old information.
Humm .. is giving me access to that information a service?

I think of an archive as more of a library than an office.

Not all libraries loan out the stuff they have, some only allow looking at it on the premises.
Libraries and archives store stuff so it can be found, archives have more of a preservation ethos, though some libraries also have that need.

> I’ve used the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and in College Park, Maryland.  Government=archive is most accurate.
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Nov 7, 2018, at 8:50 AM, Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Just look at the key government the first thing to strike me was archive, the key is meant to be used with office.
>> I don't think of government archives as offices... so what is in the data base?
>> Well for Kew, UK
>> building=government with amenity=public_building
>> There are quite a few archives with public building;
>> Dublin, Ireland
>> Engu, Nigeria
>> New York, USA
>> Some are just buildings;
>> California, USA
>> Normandy, France
>> Cairo, Egypt
>> Rarotonga, Cook Islands
>> Abu Dhabi, UAE
>> Some are Libraries;
>> Chiang Mai, Thailand
>> Adelphi, USA
>> Some are museums;
>> Tokyo, Japan
>> Kabul, Afghanistan
>> Some are government offices;
>> Zomba, Malawi
>> Libreville, Gabon
>> Gaborone, Botswana
>> Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
>> Delhi, India
>> Bangkok, Thailand
>> ----------------------------
>> Would be nice to have some consistency?
>> Usually at least one of these per country, some times several depending on the size of the country.
>> I found the above by searching for 'national archives'.
>> I think Kew has it best;
>>   building=government with amenity=public_building
>> Humm that does not cover where there is one office you go to that is part of a larger building having other offices.. do these exist?
>> And if so .. are they really an office ... or more like a library or a museum? I think a library, they are documents, very few 'artefacts'.
>> Thoughts?
>> ---------------
>> There will be some that have 'off site storage'. These will be buildings, perhaps best described as warehouses?
>> So building=warehouse, access=private could be best?
>> I think that is fairly clear.
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>> PS It seems that as I hunt down one problem I come across several more annoying ones ..
>> though they decrease in numbers in the data base. I think I should buy some blinkers and stop seeing these things!!!
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